Dan and I went to Nerd Con. Dan to run and play games – me to talk to everyone and his sister about Noble Con. I talked so much I had to stand and watch one of the cos-players suit up, not because I wanted to watch him wiggle around and crawl into his uniform – but because I was afraid if I left and came back – I wouldn’t have a voice to talk. He told me to talk to him while he dressed – they were fantastic – just like everyone there.
Dan’s game started out slow. He was running a Savage Worlds Rome game based on gladiators. His first player was a 12 year old – I’ve never played before. Then Les Anderson joined in. I think he was a bit worried playing with a 12 year old too. Now, usually Dan’s games are more of a PG-13/R variety and I could see him re-thinking the game plan. Then two other kids asked to join in. They were brother and sister and about the same age as the first player. If I were to die today, I would die knowing that gaming was safely tucked in the small hands of this next generation. They played better than many adults we’ve played with over the years. They played smart, got into their characters, were creative and had fun. They even asked where they could buy the book and what they needed to play. I think their game plan was to go buy the book and start running their own games.
My adventure went just as well.
Three of the dealers – Clock Tower, Guardians Comics and Brian K. Morris were excited to come to Noble Con. Clock Tower had spoken to Dan previously about attending the con and running demos, but Saturday was a confirmation of that plan. Brian K. Morris – what can I say about him and Todd Black were like a vaudeville act and I was their straight man, playing into each of their word games like we’d rehearsed the route a thousand times. They were funny and excited to join us in our convention adventure.
I’ve since learned that Castle Perilous Games from Carbondale has agreed to join us also. Dan and I have attended and or been part of conventions that Scott Thorne has had tables at. He is experienced and has a quirky sense of humor that is both scary and funny. I remember meeting him at the first Die Con and was intimidated by him. He was so self-assured and in his element, like a ring master of the dealers. We were just starting out and had no clue of the reality of what we were getting into. Dan and I tried to follow his example over the years. Scott has spoken on NPR radio about Game Day, written numerous articles and reviews about games and gaming. He one of the true authorities on games. Having his company join us give Noble Con an air of authenticity. We are a real con now. J
Whenever someone walked in the door and made it into the second room, I was there. I told maybe about 80% of the room about Noble Con and why they should visit us. Everyone at Nerd Con was wonderful. They stood and listened to my reasons and not a one of them toss the paper way in front of me. In fact, I didn’t see even one of our flyers just laying around. Everyone took them and put them away in their packs.
2 am this morning, after recounting the Nerd Con adventure - Cecil and LD asked me what I would do if more people showed up than what I had anticipated – I think I just smiled and said “laugh.” Yes, I would just laugh with happiness.
A few months ago I had offered my services to Gale Force 9 to work for them at Gen Con, little suspecting that they would take me up on my offer - happily they did and I get to help demo / play two new games they have coming out. As they describe it: "Star Trek: Ascendancy – a 4X game pitting the Federation, Klingons & Romulans against each other in a struggle for galactic supremacy and Tyrants of the Underdark – a game of intrigue and power brokering designed by the team behind the popular Lords of Waterdeep." I'm both excited and terrified. I have to learn two games in a short time and I'm a master procrastinator who has a thousand and one things that are screaming to be done yesterday - But like any good procrastinator, I know it will all work out.
I'll keep you updated on the Gen Con adventure.
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